Former South Africa skipper Graeme Smith

New Delhi [India], Nov 15 : Former South Africa skipper Graeme Smith has withdrawn his name from contention for the post of Cricket South Africa’s (CSA) Director of Cricket.

Smith cited the lack of confidence in the administration as the reason for opting out.

The 38-year-old released a statement on Twitter and clarified his reasons for not pursuing the role.

“Please see my statement below on the Director of Cricket role for Cricket South Africa,” Smith tweeted.

“Following the news in the media this week that I interviewed for the CSA Director of Cricket role, I feel it necessary to confirm that I have unfortunately withdrawn my interest for the role,” Smith said in the statement.

“I would love to have taken on the role. However, despite my obvious desire to make a difference, during the long and, at times, frustrating process over the last ten or so weeks of discussions, I have not developed the necessary confidence that I would be given the level of freedom and support to initiate the required changes,” he added.

Last week, various media reports surfaced that Smith was interviewed for the position alongside two other candidates.

“My passion for our nation’s cricketing fortunes remain steadfast and I give my heartfelt best wishes to whoever does take the role on. I will continue to support the teams and give my advice and guidance whenever I can,” Smith concluded.

South Africa has had a bad run this year as the side first lost the home Test series against Sri Lanka. After that, the Proteas failed to reach the semi-finals of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup.

In the recent Test series against India, the Proteas were whitewashed 3-0.

CSA’s interim director of cricket, Corrie van Zyl, was also recently suspended following a controversy related to owing of money to players for last year’s domestic T20 competition.

South Africa will next take on England in a four-match Test series, slated to begin from December 26.


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